Why I’m Giving Up My Weight Loss Goal

I don’t consider myself extremely impressionable. I mean, when I see a nearly anorexic model who is not only unhealthy, but Photoshopped, I don’t desire to look like that. At least, this is what I thought.

If that’s the case, then why was one of my 2016 goals to reach a certain (much lower) weight? According to my doctor, her height/weight charts, and my BMI, my weight is healthy.

I hadn’t really considered how ridiculous this all sounded until a few days ago.

It just hit me. Why am I actually trying to lose weight? I say I want to be healthy, but my doctor says I am healthy. Why is this my goal?

The truth hurts, and in this case the truth was that I wanted to have a firm flat stomach and thin muscular thighs. It didn’t have a thing to do with health.



If health is what I truly want, I need to change my focus.

Instead of thin I want to feel strong.

Instead of skinny I want to be toned.

And instead of obsessive I want to be consistent.


So here are some new goals of mine. Some healthier, more meaningful goals:

  • Do 2 pull ups
  • Hold a 2 minute plank
  • Do the splits
  • Increase my weight on all my gym sets
  • Beat my previous run time

See the difference? They’re still measurable (which is important for goal-setting) but they focus on what I can do instead of how I look. Flexibility and strength are my biggest goals now. I’m excited to see how my new perspective will change my workouts!


I’ve got to know: are your fitness goals based on looks or achievements? Share in the comments section below!


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